Ushering In the End of the World?
From the time we exited the womb, the clock began ticking...tick-tock...tick-tock.
We were all allotted specific portions of time. Time to speak our first words, time to take our first steps, time to change the world...tick-tock...tick-tock.
Just how much time has been apportioned us, however, is a great mystery.
Or is it? If one surfs the net, reads books, watches tv, or frequents the cinema the ancient Mayans had the answer. And the end of the world was ushered in on midnight, January 1st 2012. Our allotted time is literally running out...tick-tock...tick-tock.
What will we do with what little time there is left...tick-tock...tick-tock. According to the Mayan calendar time runs out on December 21, 2012. The Christmas of 2011 was our last...tick-tock...tick-tock.
Will we spend more time with our families...tick-tock...tick-tock, Will we attend church more frequently, will we reconcile with our estranged parent...tick-tock...tick-tock. Or will we go a bit more, selfish, and make the huge purchase we've had on the back burner for years now...tick-tock...tick-tock.
Before we decide how best to invest the precious time there is left...tick-tock...tick-tock, perhaps we should consider the example of today's Mayan people and how they are preparing for the end of the world.
Jonnie Channell of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for instance, told the Associated Press, 2012 "is going to be one of those things where people are definitely going to have to plan," not because of impending apocalypse, but because hotel rooms in the Maya region are probably going to be full...Tick-WHAT...Tick-WHAT?
You read it right. And Jonnie (a woman, by the way) is not the only Mayan with apparent hopes of a bright future. According to the AP, Apolinario Chile Pixtun, is "tired of...frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly 'running out' on Dec. 21, 2012."
Pixtun further added: "the doomsday theories spring from Western, not Mayan, ideas."
While in the West December 21 2012 has come to be seen as the end of the world, the Mayans have long seen it as the end of a time cycle and time will continue beyond the ominous date.
In fact, archaeologists have reported "inscriptions at Maya sites for dates far beyond 2012. Including one that translates into the year 4772." This little known fact has gone largely ignored by doomsday devotees and those who've made 2012 a lucrative business.
Mayans have more crucial issues on the mind than apocalyptic theories, such as, rain, says, Archaeologist, Guillermo Bernal, of Mexico's National Autonomous University.
Bernal told the AP: "If I went to some Mayan-speaking communities and asked people what is going to happen in 2012, they wouldn't have any idea,"
That time is running out, however, is an undeniable fact for all of us. And more family time, frequent church attendance, and reconciliation is never a bad idea. Yet time, for the individual person, can run out at the end of this article...tick-tock...tick-tock.
Or it may run out in a few days, a few months, or on December 21 2012. "No one knows the day or the hour," a quite reliable person once told us. Therefore, be vigilant and set your life in the right order. For Satan is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour...tick-tock...tick-tock.
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